Zambian, Kenyan leaders pledge closer ties
06 July 2015, 21:36
Lusaka - Zambian leader Edgar Lungu and
his visiting Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta held bilateral talks on Friday
afternoon in which they expressed satisfaction over the warm relations existing
between the two countries and pledged commitment to cement the ties.
The talks were held at State House as the Kenyan leader
began his two-day official visit to Zambia.
During the talks, the two leaders pledged to continue
enhancing cooperation in different areas aimed at promoting trade and
investment, according to a communique issued after the talks.
The Zambian leader has commended his Kenyan counterpart for
the pivotal role Kenya was playing in securing peace and security in the east
African region while the Kenyan leader praised the support from Zambia
following terrorist attacks in that country.
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The Zambian leader said African leaders should ensure that
they work together to promote peace, security and stability on the continent,
adding that leaders should strategize on how to deal with terrorism that was
threatening stability on the continent.
According to the Zambian leader, the two countries share the
same aspiration of fighting poverty and hunger hence the need to share ideas on
how to tackle various problems.
On his part, the Kenyan leader lauded the warm relations
that have existed between the two countries and pledged commitment to promote
The two leaders have since reaffirmed their commitment to
the maintenance of democracy, peace and security, particularly in the Great
They also signed a memorandum of understanding in four areas
of cooperation which includes tourism, agriculture, police cooperation and
Kenyatta, who is accompanied by his Cabinet Secretary for
Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed and other senior government officials, is also
expected to officially open the 51st Zambia International Trade Fair.
He becomes the first foreign leader to visit Zambia since
Lungu won a presidential election held in January this year following the death
of President Michael Sata. Enditem